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Iran talks tough ahead of indirect nuclear negotiations with US

Iranian and US officials will not meet directly in Vienna tomorrow amid the first negotiations aimed at a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, officials have said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh gestures during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 22, 2021. Iran hailed as a "significant achievement" a temporary agreement Tehran reached with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog on site inspections. That deal effectively bought time as the United States, European powers and Tehran try to salvage the 2015 nuclear agreement that has been on the brink of collapse since Donald Trump withdrew from it.

Iran is talking tough ahead of planned indirect talks with the United States in Vienna on Tuesday over a prospective return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday publicly rejected any piecemeal approach to US sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran’s step-by-step return to compliance with the 2015 so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

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